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Festivals and Major Events

Myanmar is a Land of Festivals: a festival for every month of the year.
Majority of the festivals are cultural and religious. Most are celebrated nation- wide while a few are distinctly regional.
The dates of the festivals and special events are determined by the
Lunar Calendar.


  • January
- Htamane Festival
- Ananda Pagoda Festival (Bagan)
- Shwesettaw Pagoda Festival (Minbu, Magway)
- Mahamuni Pagoda Festival (Mahamuni Pagoda,Mandalay)
- Shwe Oo Min Pagoda Festival (Pindaya, Shan State)
- Kachin Manao Festival (Myitkyina, Kachin State)
- Naga New Year Festival (Chin State)
  • February



- Maw-tin-sun Pagoda Festival (Pathein, Ayeyarwaddy Division)
- Indawgyi Pagoda Festival (Kachin State)
- Pindaya Cave Pagoda Festival (Shan State)
- Chinese New Year
- Salone Traditional Festival (Myeik Archipelago)
  • March
- Shwedagon Pagoda Festival (Yangon)
- Shwemawdaw Pagoda Festival (Bago)
- Shinpyu (Novitialion) Ceremonies
  • April
- Thingyan (Water) Festival
- Myanmar New Year Day
- Popa Nat or Spirits' Festival (Mount Popa)
  • May
- Kason Fullmon Day (Watering of the Sacred Bo Tree Festival)
- Taung-yo Torchlight Procession Festival (Pindaya, Shan State)
  • June
- Nayone Festival of Tipitaka
  • July
- Waso Fullmoon Day or Dhammasetkya Day
  • August
- Taungpyone Nats or Spirits' Festival (Taungpyone, Mandalay)
  • October
- Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival (Inlay Lake, Shan State)
- Performing Arts Competition (Yangon)
- Thadingyut Festival of Lights
- Kyaukse Elephant Dance Festival (Kyaukse, Mandalay)
- Shwezigon Pagoda Festival (Bagan)
  • November
- Tazaungdine Festival of Lights
- Kyaik-htiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock) Festival (Kyaik Hto, Mon State)
- Hot Air Balloons & Fireworks Festival (Taunggyi, Shan Stale)
- Kahtein Thingan (Yellow Robe) Weaving Festival
  • December
- 9000 Lighting of Candles (Koe Htat Gyi Pagoda, Yangon)
- Kayin New Year Day
- Christmas Day

Some festivals like Myanmar Traditional Equestrian Festival and Myanmar Traditional Boat Regatta are held in Yangon and Traditional Bullock Cart Festival in Mandalay every 2 or 3 years.

Gazetted Holidays

January 4 Independence Day
February 12 Union Day
March 2 Peasants' Day
March 27 Armed Forces' Day
April - Thingyan (Water Festival)
April - Myanmar New Year
May 1 Workers' Day
July 19 Martyrs' Day
July - Dhammasetkya Day (Full Moon Day of Waso)
October - Abhidhamma Day (Full Moon Day of Thadingyut: 
Thadingyut Festival)
November - Tazaungdine Festival (Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone)
November - National Day
December 25 Christmas

(Islamic Religious Holidays and Deepawali are announced later)

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